It wasn’t, it was, it wasn’t, and now it might be. That’s a short history of same-sex marriage in California.
Once, gay marriage in the Golden State wasn’t legal. Then, the California Supreme Court declared that it was. In 2008, voters said, no, it isn’t, and the legal definition of marriage since has been this: “only marriage between a man and woman is valid or recognized in California.” That is, until August 4th, when a California judge issued an injunction against Proposition 8.
Generally, Americans are opposed to same-sex marriage. In all my surveys about American values, including the newest one, fully two-thirds say that “marriage should be defined solely as between one man and one woman.” But there is considerable variation in opinion. Older Americans are much more likely to support the traditional definition of marriage than younger Americans. Those with less formal education are more likely to agree with the traditional definition. So are conservative Christians and Americans living in the South.
Do you support the overturning of Proposition 8?
Would you like to see more states, like Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire, allow legal marriage of same-sex partners?
Or, do you think the best form of marriage is the union of one man and one woman?
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